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what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news america." >> the british prime minister in afghanistan announces the withdrawals of british troops. germany's contribution to the euro zone debt fund challenged in the country's highest court. police in an australian state have new powers for removing veils to identify suspects. welcome to bbc world news. also, as the horn of africa struggles with its worst drought in 60 years we hear from the head of the un emergency relief. newspaper executives expected to meet british police over allegations that the telephone of a murder teenage girl was hacked.
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britain has confirmed that it will withdraw more troops from afghanistan next year. the british prime minister david cameron defended the decision that troops will no longer be involved in a combat role by 2014. his country is committed to a longstanding relationship with afghanistan. >> we will withdraw troops this year and next year. we will be sending combat operations by the end of 2014. we will not have troops in the numbers that we have now. but we will have a long-term relationship. we will have a relationship that will consist of a very large a program as we help you to build the future. a relationship based on trade and diplomacy and military
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training. the president and i did they have discussed our plan to build a model academy for training. the afghan army officers of the future that will form the backbone of your already successful army. that would involve 100 british troops and funding from other nations. $38 million from the americans will go into the initiative. our relationship will involve close and frank political contact between the prime s theter -- between me an prime minister and yourself. we will discuss the situation between the executives and the parliament in afghanistan. >> our correspondent says that despite confirming the
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withdrawal, mr. cameron gave very little detail on numbers. >> ticking very much to the end of 2014 for the pullout before british troops -- for british troops. -- sticking very much to the end of 2014. twice as many afghan security forces will be generated this year as the other troops are leaving. afghanistan takes care of its own security through the massive buildup of its own forces. the problem is the recent attack on the hotel intercontinental in afghanistan. it was only when nato was involved that the taliban attack was ended. there will still be a presence, but nothing like the number of
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troops we have seen in the past 10 years in afghanistan. >> germany's constitutional court is considering a challenge on whether the country oppose the c-- whether the country's contribution to bailouts is appropriate. there's concern that it could be against the german constitution. we spoke about whether the case had a chance of success. >> it's not an open and shut case either way. everybody says that it could go either way. another thing is the german constitution was written with memories of war and hyperinflation, very strict rules written into it about parliament having a strong set a on spending. the argument now is that the bailout was negotiated by the government with brussels and the
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imf and the european central bank. so parliament was sidelined. that is the argument made by quite a few people. a professor will appear in court. he is a law professor in berlin. he said the following -- >> there is an indispensable obligation to control public funding and public expenditure. they cannot give a general authorization to international agencies to spend money for the sake of rescuing the euro or stability of the euro zone. >> what about events in the interim while this runs its course? i don't believe everything goes on hold. >> it does not. the government will have to justify its position to the
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court to say that it was constitutional. it will also be mindful of what the court might say. as it negotiates the greek a bailout, it will have to go back to parliament frequently just to make sure it does not get into any difficulties over bailout ii. the constitution will restrict its action to bailouts. >> all that debt. if they think they have problems, how about obama's issues? >> it is unthinkable to even talk about it. it highlights the peculiar times that we live. this is all about the debt ceiling in the united states. the u.s. owes $14.30 trillion
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obamaict and the administration is trying to get congress to raise that ceiling. they have raised the ceiling 75 times in the last 50 years. but the republicans are coming back and saying that we may look at it only if you implement some very heavy spending cuts. the democrats on the other hand wants to raise taxes, especially against the rich, to help pay off the debt. the u.s. treasury says unless they get more money or the ability to spend more money, they could a vulgar debt by august 22. unthinkable. >> of the penalties of doing an exclusive club is they can take you off sometimes -- tick you off. >> china will likely be condemned to death for limiting its exports of raw materials.
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china is the largest producer for things like gold, iron ore, lead, phosphates, tin. china wants to limit that under anne arundel protection policy, but the u.s. and others are not buying that. this could set a precedent for the european union and u.s. to go back to the wto and file a complaint against the whole red earth debate. i will have a lot more on that in 20 minutes. -- complaint against the rare eartj dayh date. >> in australia the police will now be able to demand that people removed their veils or othe burka. refusing to comply could lead to up to a year in jail.
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let's find out how the australian muslims have reacted. >> some say it will allow the police to discriminate against muslim women and some civil libertarians are concerned and the police in south wales are being given paul is they don't need. other members of the islamic community in this country have given the changes they're cautious support. they believe that muslim women must be treated with respect and sensitivity when the new laws are finally introduced. >> long will that take? there will be plenty of time for campaigning against it by those who think this is an infringement of their liberties. >> the authorities in new south wales approve the changes and the new laws may be in place within a couple months. the catalyst was the ball to live in a high-profile case. a muslim woman jailed six months for falsely accusing a
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police officer in sydney of forcing her to remove the burka during a random roadside breath test. that conviction was overturned on appeal. the state government has decided to intervene, approving. they will give the police the authority to force individuals to remove face coverings such as religious and comments, as well as helmets, if they believe a crime has been committed. -- such as religious garments. >> very interesting names, and to the top. >> things begin today. on monday it was beautiful for the tour day france. we have something very different. it's not often that a man who wears the yellow jersey -- he led off his american teammate
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tyler. this very humble man dedicated this victory to his dead friend, the pelton, who at age of 26 died after a crash during the italian race. he's thinking about his friend. >> very nice touch. and a controversial meeting of fifa. >> david cameron recent said fifa was in the mass and the british government had a statement yesterday saying they don't believe the man is going to live up to its promise to clean up fifa. he has been in zimbabwe and has said anybody found guilty of match-fixing will be barred for life.
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there is a box that some were paid to those matches in 2009. -- there is talk that. >> you are watching bbc world news. much more in the program. stay with us. one of africa's struggling with its worst drought in 60 years. what can the u.n. do about it? we've frowill hear from the head of their emergency relief fund. on the latest leg of a tour of canada, the duke and duchess of cambridge will visit one of the country's most remote and populated regions. yellowknife is the capital of the northwest territories. it is renowned for its midnight sun. it's the last few days of this trip. the couple will be kept very busy during the day as well. now this report. >> they are more than halfway through the canadian terps, h --canadian tour.
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for william it was the day he learned a new skill as a search and rescue pilot called water--, landing on water. that is a technique the canadians have perfected. kate watched as william made more than a dozen landings from different angles and assimilated positions. he displayed a significant level of piloting skills. then kate joined william for a dragon race. everybody was friends with each other until the starting signal was given. whereupon it was a furious dash to the finish line. williams got their first. the winner's champagne was william's.
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what is different is that william and kate both seemed to enjoy it. at no point did they appear to want to rush. they appeared at ease with each other and with the crowds who had come to see them. abc news, prince edward island. >> this is bbc world news. the headlines --british prime minister david cameron is in afghanistan discussing plans to begin the withdrawal of british troops. germany's contribution to the euro zone debt fund is being challenged in the country's highest court. david cameron has been speaking of his shop at allegations that a mobile phone belonging to a young british girl murdered nine years ago was hacked into by a
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private detective working for the news of the world newspaper. british police are expected to meet executives from that paper in the next few hours. they say they were only made aware of the allegations on monday. now this report. >> it is the most serious allegation yet from the phone hacking saga, the missing girls voicemail was intercepted and a police investigation potentially compromised. at a press conference, the prime minister said the allegations were appalling. >> if they are true, this is a truly dreadful act and a truly dreadful situation. what i have read in the papers is quite shocking that someone could do this, actually knowing that the police were trying to find this person and try to find out what happened. >> it is alleged that this man, a private investigator glenn mulcaire, carried out the hacking and deleted some
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of the voice mail messages to make space for new ones. the new allegations were of great concern and and they will cooperate fully with police, they said. when the family was told about the alleged hacking in april, now it's only just become public knowledge. rupert murdoch's chief executive in the u.k. is looking into this and robert murdoch is looking into taking full control of the company, a move that requires government approval. de ed miliband says it was beyond belief that anyone would undertake such a cruel and immoral act. but some in politics say political leaders have been too easily cowed by murdoch's enterprises. >> politicians are frightened of news international and they need to act. but there are calls for full
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inquiry once the criminal investigation has been completed into what happened in the milly dowler case and many others. bbc news reporting. >> we can speak to our political correspondent in our london studio. this brings together two of the most explosive stories you can imagine. give us a little more background into the milly dowler case, which has captured the attention of the nation. >> yes. milly dowler was a 13-year-old schoolgirl who went missing in 2002, sparking a nationwide search. six months later she was found dead. the case has recently been back in the headlines because last month and was sent to jail for murder. the girl's family had to go through really quite a dramatic court experience under pressure from defense lawyers. so now the suggestion from their lawyers is at the time of the
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girl's disappearance, a tabloid journalist may have been hacking into her voicemail messages and that is really shocked britain. and in particular because the family says that because he was deleting messages from the voicemail, that then gave them some kind of hoped that milly dowler was still alive. of course that was not the case. >> this hacking is not an isolated incident for the news of the world, which is a newspaper owned by news international, which is part of the rupert murdoch company group. >> that's right. this telephone hacking story has been getting on for months. drips of revelations approve who was involved. originally it was thought it was at the handful of celebrities. then it became obvious that it was much broader than that. many political figures have had their phones tapped into.
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there's a big police investigation going on at the moment. the police, themselves, are under a lot of pressure because politically if they were the ones that said it was just a few isolated incidents. the reason why it's really explosive is because originally the executives at the news of the world claimed that it was just a few bad apples at the newspaper, just a few rogue reporters. now that defense has been unraveling for the last few months. that means people like rebekah brooks, the uk team executive of news corp., she is now right in the firing line because people want to know what she knew about it. >> we will leave it there. thank you very much. aid agencies are warning that people's lives are risk if east africa faces what is being described as its worst drought in decades, possibly a up to six years. and million people in the horn of africa are expected to have food shortages. tens of thousands of been on the
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move seeking aid in rescue decamped in kenya. one of those agencies has said this is a preventable disaster. i asked the u.n. undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief. >> we have got to work really hard to manage a looming disaster. we have children who are malnourished. we have adults a malnourished. part of the problem is not just the drought, but conflict in somalia. in terms of preventing this for the future -- and we all remember the terrible pictures from the 1980's -- we have to make sure that we deal with the underlying poverty. we need to help in education and we need to support rural communities to target chains and a lot of things are having an impact. we have to deal with the now and we have to deal with the longer- term. >> if i can stick with the now,
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the urgency is upon us. what can be done? the scale of this seems beyond anyone's capability. >> the one thing not make a huge difference is the war in somalia. we are not calling to see that stop in the short term. we have to support those people, particularly with food aid and water and preventing disease spreading. we have to make sure that call rock, diarrhea do not take hold -- cholera and diarrhea. the british government was very generous. they announced that they were going to contribute because then the other donors will stepped- up. -- step up. >> the appeal comes when it's too late. this is a u.n.-established
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camp? have you failed to deal with this issue? >> i don't agree. we have a longer-term strategy for this, which is not just involve the un. it involves the countries in the region. it has to be a regional approach as well. in terms of the now, the scale of it is what we did not expect. if you add sudan to the figures, we're talking 20 million people affected. >> a court in netherlands has ruled that the dutch state was responsible for the deaths of three muslim men after the fall during the bosnian war. the men were handed over by dutch u.n. troops. the dutch government says the troops were abandoned by the un, which they say fail to
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provide proper air support. the ruling was handed down by courts in the hague. our correspondent joins me. quite a case for the dutch to be .... >> absolutely. was a complete surprise for the prosecutors. and everyone. the court will hear that the dutch state is responsible for the deaths of these three men. they were working for the un after the fall of shrimper pebrenitza. >> thousand people died there many say as a result of the dutch un troops pulling out of the town. does this mean that the dutch are open to countless further legal challenges? >> yes, well this case is very
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specific. they made it clear they are talking about these three men. there's another case and i am sure that this ruling will definitely affect the ability of other victims of that to make claims against the dutch state. so we will see. >> we are talking about a considerable number of years have passed now. is this seen by the current government as embarrassing, as a problem, or is this seen as part of the past that they have tried to put behind them? >> yes, this will have to be something they will have to deal with. in 2002 a dutch cabinet collapsed because of this issue. this is definitely something they cannot ignore. this has never gone away. even though they maintained there were not responsible, their own court has said they were now. there will have to think seriously on this issue. -- take seriously. >> an egyptian court has
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sentenced the former trade minister in absentia to adopt five years in prison for squandering public funds. prosecutors said that mr. rashid, who fled the country, as with 12.8 million egyptian pounds of state money. more on the story on the website. that's all the stores we have been covering on bbc world news. you'll get the details and more on the visit by david cameron to live can stand. here he is being greeted by president karzai. they discussed troop withdrawal and they discussed military training opportunities in which the british forces are expected to offer further assistance to afghan troops and much more. some sense of that gradual departure of british troops over the course of the next three years being discussed by david cameron.
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much more on the website and some guidance from our correspondents there as well. >> next, international >> international news at >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its
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